pg. 8 Volvo Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) airbag

SIPS airbag

As an enhancement to the structural Side Impact Protection System built into your car, the car is also equipped with Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) airbags. The SIPS airbag system consists of airbag modules built into the sides of both front seat backrests (1), cables (2) from these modules to the mechanical sensor units (3).

The SIPS airbag system is designed to help increase occupant protection in the event of certain side impact collisions. The SIPS airbags are designed to deploy only during certain side-impact collisions, depending on the crash severity, angle, speed and point of impact. The airbags are not designed to deploy in all side impact situations.

NOTE: SIPS airbag deployment (one airbag) occurs only on the side of the vehicle affected by the impact.


  • The SIPS airbag system is a supplement to the Side Impact Protection System and the three-point seat belt system. It is not designed to deploy during collisions from the front or rear of the car or in rollover situations.
  • The use of seat covers on the front seats may impede SIPS airbag deployment.
  • No objects, accessory equipment or stickers may be placed on, attached to or installed near the SIPS airbag system or in the area affected by SIPS airbag deployment (see illustration below).
  • Never try to open or repair any components of the SIPS airbag system. This should only be done by an authorized Volvo service technician.
  • For best protection from the SIPS airbag system, both front seat occupants should sit in an upright position with the seat belt properly fastened.

  • SIPS airbag decal


  • Never drive with the airbags deployed. The fact that they hang out can impair the steering of your car. Other safety systems can also be damaged. The smoke and dust formed when the airbags are deployed can cause skin and eye irritation in the event of prolonged exposure.
  • If your car has been subjected to flood conditions (e.g. soaked carpeting/standing water on the floor of the vehicle) or if your car has become flood-damaged in any way, do not attempt to start the vehicle or put the key in the ignition before disconnecting the battery. This may cause airbag deployment which could result in personal injury. Have the car towed to an authorized Volvo retailer for repairs.

  • pg. 9 Whiplash protection System (WHIPS)

    Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS) - front seats only

    The WHIPS system consists of specially designed hinges and brackets on the front seat backrests and head restraints designed to help absorb some of the energy generated in a collision from the rear ("rear-ended").

    In the event of a collision of this type, the hinges and brackets of the front seat backrests are designed to change position slightly to allow the backrest/head restraint to help support the occupant's head before moving slightly rearward. This movement helps absorb some of the forces that could result in the whiplash effect.

    Do not wedge boxes, suitcases, etc. behind front seats


  • Boxes, suitcases, etc. wedged behind the front seats (see illustration above) could impede the function of the WHIPS system.
  • The WHIPS system is designed to supplement the other safety systems in your car. For this system to function properly, the three-point seat belt must be worn. Please be aware that no system can prevent all possible injuries that may occur in an accident.
  • If your car has been involved in a collision, the front seat backrests must be inspected by an authorized Volvo retailer even if the seats appear to be undamaged. Certain components in the WHIPS system may need to be replaced. Do not attempt to service any component in the WHIPS system yourself.
  • The WHIPS system is designed to function in certain collisions from the rear, depending on the crash severity, angle and speed.
  • Occupants in the front seats must never sit out of position. The occupant's back must be as upright as comfort allows and be against the seat back with the seat belt properly fastened.

  • pg. 10 Roll Over Protection System (ROPS)

    Roll Over Protection System (ROPS)

  • The ROPS system consists of two roll bars located behind the rear seat head restraints and a sensor which monitors the roll or pitch angle of the car. If the pitch angle exceeds approximately 72 degrees or the roll angle exceeds approximately 38 degrees, the sensor automatically deploys (raises) the roll bars.
  • If the ROPS system has been deployed, an authorized Volvo retailer should inspect the system and make any necessary repairs/adjustments.
  • No objects should be placed over the roll bars behind the rear seat head restraints.
  • No one should be allowed to sit on the cover over the convertible top storage compartment.

    Seats belts for all seating positions are equipped with seat belt tensioners.


  • The rear seat of the Volvo C70 is intended for two occupants only. Only two three-point seat belts are provided. The center position should never be used to seat a passenger.
  • You should never perform any maintenance or in any way attempt to repair/adjust the ROPS system yourself.

  • pg. 11 Child safety

    Keeping child seats in place (ALR/ELR*)

    To make child seat installation easier, each seat belt (except for the driver's belt) is equipped with a locking mechanism to help keep the seat belt taut.

    When attaching the seat belt to a child seat:

  • Attach the seat belt to the child seat according to the child seat manufacturer's instructions.
  • Pull the seat belt out as far as possible.
  • Insert the seat belt latch plate into the buckle (lock) in the usual way.
  • Release the seat belt and pull it taut around the child seat.
    A sound from the seat belt retractor will be audible at this time and is normal.

    The belt will now be locked in place.

    This function is automatically disabled when the seat belt is unlocked and the belt is fully retracted.


    Why Volvo believes no child should sit in the front seat of a car.

    It's quite simple really. A front air bag is a very powerful device designed, by law, to help protect an adult. Because of the size of the air bag and its speed of inflation, a child should never be placed in the front seat, even if he or she is properly belted or strapped into a child safety seat. Volvo has been an innovator in safety for over fifty years, and we'll continue to do our part. But we need your help. Please remember to put your children in the back seat, and buckle them up.

    Volvo has some very specific recommendations:

  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Air bags are a SUPPLEMENTAL safety device which when used in conjunction with a three-point seat belt can help reduce serious injuries during certain types of severe accidents. Volvo recommends that you do not disconnect the air bag system in your vehicle.
  • Volvo strongly recommends that ALL children sit in the rear seat of any vehicle and that they be properly restrained.
  • A child should NEVER sit in the front passenger seat of any vehicle equipped with a front passenger side airbag.
  • Volvo recommends that ALL occupants (adults and children) shorter than four feet seven inches (140 cm) be seated in the back seat of any vehicle with a front passenger side airbag.

    Drive safely!

    * Automatic Locking Retractor/Emergency Locking Retractor

    ISOFIX fasteners and seat guides

    ISOFIX fasteners are installed in the rear seat on the outboard positions. One set of ISOFIX guides is also provided. Consult your Volvo retailer for more information on child safety accessories.

    pg. 12 Child safety

    Child safety

    Volvo recommends the proper use of restraint systems for all occupants including children. Remember that, regardless of age and size, a child should always be properly restrained in a car.

    Your car is also equipped with ISOFIX attachments, which make it more convenient to install child seats (see the previous page).

    Restraint systems for children are designed to be secured in the vehicle by lap belts or the lap portion of a lap-shoulder belt. Such child restraint systems can help protect children in cars in the event of an accident only if they are used properly. However, children could be endangered in a crash if the child restraints are not properly secured in the vehicle. Failure to follow the installation instructions for your child restraint can result in your child striking the vehicle's interior in a sudden stop.

    Holding a child in your arms is NOT a suitable substitute for a child restraint system. In an accident, a child held in a person's arms can be crushed between the vehicle's interior and an unrestrained person. The child could also be injured by striking the interior, or by being ejected from the vehicle during a sudden maneuver or impact. The same can also happen if the infant or child rides unrestrained on the seat. Other occupants should also be properly restrained to help reduce the chance of injuring or increasing the injury of a child.

    All states and provinces have legislation governing how and where children should be carried in a car. Find out the regulations existing in your state or province. Recent accident statistics have shown that children are safer in rear seating positions than front seating positions when properly restrained. A child restraint system can help protect a child in a vehicle. Here's what to look for when selecting a child restraint system:

  • It should have a label certifying that it meets applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS 213) or in Canada, CMVSS 213.
  • Make sure the child restraint system is approved for the child's height, weight and development - the label required by the standard or regulation, or instructions for infant restraints, typically provide this information.
  • In using any child restraint system, we urge you to look carefully over the instructions that are provided with the restraint. Be sure you understand them and can use the device properly and safely in this vehicle. A misused child restraint system can result in increased injuries for both the infant or child and other occupants in the vehicle.
  • If your child restraint requires a top tether strap, consult your authorized Volvo retailer for top tether anchorage and installation information.

    When a child has outgrown the child safety seat, you should use the rear seat with the standard seat belt fastened. The best way to help protect the child here is to place the child on a cushion so that the seat belt is properly located on the hips.

    A specially designed and tested booster cushion for children between 50 - 80 lbs (22.7 - 36 kg) and 46 - 54" (117 - 137 cm) can be obtained from your Volvo retailer in U.S.

    Do not use child safety seats or child booster cushions/backrests in the front passenger's seat. We also recommend that children who have outgrown these devices sit in the rear seat with the seat belt properly fastened.

    pg. 13 Occupant safety

    Seat belt maintenance

    Check periodically that the seat belts are in good condition. Use water and a mild detergent for cleaning. Check seat belt mechanism function as follows: Attach the seat belt and pull rapidly on the strap.

    Volvo Concern for Safety

    Safety is the cornerstone for Volvo. Our concern dates back to 1927 when the first Volvo rolled off the production line. Three-point seat belts (a Volvo invention), safety cages, and energy-absorbing impact zones were designed into Volvo cars long before it was fashionable or required by government regulation. We will not compromise our commitment to safety. We continue to seek out new safety features and to refine those already in our cars. You can help. We would appreciate hearing your suggestions about improving automobile safety. We also want to know if you ever have a safety concern with your car.

    Call us at:
    U.S.A. at: 800-458-1552
    Canada at: 800-663-8255.

    Occupant safety

    How safely you drive doesn't depend on how old you are but rather on:

  • How well you see.
  • Your ability to concentrate.
  • How quickly you make decisions under stress to avoid an accident.

    The tips listed below are suggestions to help you cope with the ever changing traffic environment.

  • Never drink and drive.
  • If you are taking any medication, consult your physician about its potential effects on your driving abilities.
  • Take a driver-retraining course.
  • Have your eyes checked regularly.
  • Keep your windshield and headlamps clean.
  • Replace wiper blades when they start to leave streaks.
  • Take into account the traffic, road, and weather conditions, particularly with regard to stopping distance.

    Reporting Safety Defects in the U.S.

    If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying Volvo Cars of North America. If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your retailer, or Volvo Cars of North America. To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 202-366-0123 in Washington, D.C. area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington D.C. 20590. You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline.

    Volvo strongly recommends that if your vehicle is covered under a service campaign, safety or emission recall or similar action, it should be completed as soon as possible. Please check with your local retailer or Volvo Cars of North America, LLC. if your vehicle is covered under these conditions.

    NHTSA can be reached at:
    Internet :

    1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236) (toll free)
    1-800-424-9393 (toll free)
    1-202-366-0123 (in Washington DC area)

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